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Racial diversity among teachers is one of the most pressing issues in education. Karla Vigil and Carlon Howard of EduLeaders of Color explain why this disparity exists, and what we can do to change it.
Debates about whether a school ought to be closed overlook fundamental questions. Are the metrics used to measure schools reasonable? What makes us think that these are the measures that best capture what matters most? And how can we justify turning away from the testimonies of students, teachers, and families who know, love, and fight for these schools?
The process of innovating must ensure a strong, diverse representation, community-driven decisions, and equitable learning that includes an exploration of identity and bias. The new school designs must feature culturally-responsive curriculum, just policies, and broad community engagement.
Neema Avashia, a teacher at McCormack Middle School in Dorchester, shares the power of student communities in the face of school closures and other crises.
CCE staff members share some songs that inspire their work for education justice and equity.
The challenges facing public educations are complex. The plausible action to be taken is the development of instructional leaders committed to equity and access to ensure social justice.
Where standardized tests oppress, performance assessments liberate, working with the intention to close achievement gaps grounded in racism and transform classrooms into culturally-responsive spaces where all students are set up for success.